Balancing JEE Main along with board examinations is a crucial yet important task. Boards have an integral importance because you need to be in the top 20 percentile scores cut off marks. JEE Main is the premier engineering entrance test in the country. Around 2 lakh candidates appear for JEE Main every year to get admission in their preferred engineering college.
The minimum eligibility for JEE Main is to qualify 10+2 with atleast 75% marks for General Category or be in the top 20 percentile from a recognized educational board. SC/ST or PWD Candidates must secure atleast 65% marks or top 20 percentile marks according to their category for JEE Main 2019.
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Only eligible candidates will be able to download JEE Main admit card releasing from December 17, 2018. Otherwise, you will not be able to download it on the specified date. Admit card will be available only on the official site of NTA.
If you have not secured 75% marks in XII board exam, you still have an opportunity to appear in the exam basis on top 20 percentile marks.
Top 20 Qualifying Percentile for IITs and NITs
The list for top 20 percentile for each state and other education boards will be published on the official site of JoSAA. Separate lists will be published for admission to IITs and for admission to other institutes such as NITs, etc. Candidates can find below the top 20 percentile for JoSAA 2017 and JoSAA 2016.
|Top 20 Percentile (State Wise)||JoSAA 2017||JoSAA 2016|
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Importance of Class 12 scores in JEE Main Examination
After the announcement that Class 12 scores will no longer be used for merit list, these have just become an eligibility criterion for admission into the IITs. JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) states that, to be eligible for admission into IITs, a candidate needs to fulfill any one of these requirements: –
- Candidate must be in top 20 percentile of successful candidates (category wise) in Class 12 of respective board or qualifying examination
- The candidate must have scored at least 75% marks in Class 12 board examination or equivalent exam. This limit for SC, ST and PwD candidates is 65%.
Fulfillment of any one condition from these two will make candidate eligible for admission into IITs, but there are some rules for calculation of score obtained by candidate in class 12th. Let us take a look at them: –
Important rules for calculation of Class 12th marks for admission into IITs
The score will be calculated as follows: –
- Marks of a candidate will be considered for any 5 subjects (i.e. out of 500). In these 5 subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are compulsory. In addition to these, 1 language subject will be considered and one more subject except the 4 already considered will be counted. This way, a total of 5 subjects with aggregate marks 500 will be taken into account.
- If a candidate has take two language subjects, the subject with higher score will be considered.
- If marks in any subject are not awarded out of 100, then such score will be scaled to make it out of 100. For example, if a candidate has scored 60 out of 80, his/her marks will be taken as – (60/80)*100 = 75.
- If a candidate had appeared for Class 12 exam in 2016, and appears for improvement in any one or two subjects in 2017,than marks obtained in 2016 will be considered.
- If a candidate had appeared for Class 12 exam in 2016, but appears for improvement in all 5 exams in 2017, then scores of year in which he/she scores more will be considered.
Top 20 percentile cut off marks for 2019 Class 12 exam
Top 20 percentile cut off marks for 2019 will be declared after Class 12 examinations of participating boards. Although any huge deflection in the cutoff marks is not expected, but still the cut off’s can vary due to factors like number of candidates appearing in exams, difficulty level of exams and other such factors.
Here is a list of 2017 cutoffs for admission in IITs. This will help you get fair idea of expected cutoff for 2019:
|BOARD NAME||CUTOFF FOR CATEGORY (out of 500)|
|Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Education||474||470||457||452||452|
|Assam Higher Secondary School Council||364||359||348||300||300|
|Bihar Intermediate Education Council||313||307||300||303||300|
|Central Board of Secondary Education||431||420||400||385||385|
|Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education||374||380||362||355||355|
|Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations||427||408||391||366||366|
|Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education||370||357||336||316||316|
|Gujarat Secondary Education Board||367||344||336||316||316|
|Haryana Board of Education||406||400||383||303||303|
|Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education||375||361||355||358||355|
|Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education||—||—||—||—||—|
|Jharkhand Academic Council||—||—||—||—||—|
|Karnataka Board of Pre-University Education||419||400||346||360||346|
|Kerala Board of Public Examinations||446||425||400||396||396|
|Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education||—||—||—||—||—|
|Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education||343||344||326||323||323|
|Manipur Council of Higher Secondary Education||309||310||305||302||302|
|Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education||—||—||—||—||—|
|Mizoram Board of School Education||359||342||345||347||342|
|Nagaland Board of School Education||349||362||335||318||318|
|Odisha Council of Higher Secondary Education||331||—||302||276||276|
|Punjab School Education Board||406||403||388||392||388|
|Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education||401||403||385||379||379|
|Tamil Nadu Board of Higher Secondary Education||425||431||392||383||383|
|Tripura Board of Secondary Education||348||—||330||304||304|
|Uttar Pradesh Board of High School and Intermediate Education||355||344||331||337||331|
|Uttaranchal Shiksha evam Pariksha Parishad||—||—||—||—||—|
|West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education||—||—||—||—||—|
|National Institute of Open Schooling||351||338||334||332||332|
|Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi||—||—||—||—||—|
|Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh||400||—||—||—||400|
|Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra||469||418||452||378||378|
|Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan||429||421||—||387||387|
|Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Hyderabad||—||—||—||—||—|
|Haryana Open School, Bhiwani||—||—||—||—||—|
|Telangana Board of Secondary Education||467||464||454||456||454|
Calculation of Top 20 percentile cut off marks
Candidates must understand that percentage score and percentile score are two completely different things. A percentage score tells the score obtained by a candidate when maximum marks are equated to 100. On the other hand, percentile tells that how much percentage of students have scored below a particular score.
For example, if a candidate says that he has scored 85 percent marks. This means that out of every 100 marks, he is getting 85. If total is 200, his marks will be 170, if total is 300, his marks will be 255 and so on.
But if a candidate says that he has scored 85th percentile, it means that 85 percent if all the students that have appeared in the exam have scored less marks that this candidate.
The method to calculate percentile will clearly explain you the meaning of percentile: –
The general formula to calculate percentile is: –
We will take an example to know it better. Let’s say a total of 20000 candidates appeared for an exam. Out of these, all 20000 students got a score above 30%. Similarly, 15000 scored more than 50%, and only 500 students scored above 90%. From this data,
- Percentile of student scoring 30% marks will be: – [(20000 – 20000)/20000] * 100 = 0.
- Percentile of student scoring 50% marks will be: – [(20000 – 15000)/20000] * 100 = 25.
- Percentile of student scoring 90% marks will be: – [(20000 – 500)/20000] * 100 = 97.5
The example given below may help a bit more in understanding percentile calculation: –
Comparison of Cut off Marks of National Boards
At the moment, there are three major national boards in JEE. These are, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISC). If we compare the cutoffs of these 3 boards, it is quite clear that CBSE and ISC have higher and pretty close cutoffs, while NIOS lags way behind and has lower cutoffs.
NIOS’s cut off for 2017 and 2016 in General category are 351 and 332 respectively. While for CBSE these are 431 and 430, and for ISC these are 427 and 443. So, to be eligible for IITs from CBSE and ISC, you will need to work really hard and will need to score at least 85-90% to be on the safe side.